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Photos + Video: Seven-Alarm Fire Raging On Williamsburg Waterfront [Update]

Over 200 firefighters were still battling a blaze that broke out at a storage facility on the Williamsburg waterfront this morning.

According to the fire department, the blaze started at the block-long CitiStorage building at 74 North 11th Street shortly before 6:30 a.m.; seven hours later, at 1:30 p.m., it’s still being classified as a six-alarm fire.

CitiStorage is a record management and storage facility whose clients are said to include the City of New York. The city had been trying to acquire its plot off of Kent Avenue in order to expand the adjacent Bushwick Inlet Park.

There’ve been no reported injuries in the fire, but many a dramatic photo and video posted to social media. We’ve gathered some of them for you here.

Update, 2:55 p.m. The blaze has now been upgraded to a seven-alarm fire, meaning there are over 240 firefighters on the scene. Still no injuries reported.

#Williamsburg warehouse fire

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Woke to smoke and sirens down the block. Thankfully it's just a warehouse and no one was hurt #Williamsburg #Brooklyn

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Massive fire in the Burg. #fire #brooklyn #newyork

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Tonka Truck 124 going at work. It's what we Do!!!!!!

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FDNY members battle a 4-alarm fire at 5 N. 11 St., Brooklyn.

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We smoldered.

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Saturday morning waterfront warehouse fire #Williamsburg. Be safe #FDNY

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Intense #fire goin off in #Williamsburg. #FDNY #brooklyn

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Woke to smoke and sirens down the block. Thankfully it's just a warehouse and no one was hurt #Williamsburg #Brooklyn

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Williamsburg fire #fire #williamsburg #brooklyn

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‘Community Gardens District’ Would Prevent Gutting of Greenspace

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

(Photo: Siempre Verde)

While Community Board 3 is staunchly opposed to synthetic greenery, it’s doing everything it can to preserve actual greenspace. The board wants to designate all of the East Village and Lower East Side’s community gardens as parkland, so that they’re protected from future development. Last night, it overwhelmingly approved a resolution to request that the city officially name its area Community Gardens District.
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New Photos of Suspect in Monday’s Lower East Side Shooting

210-15 7pct Assault 1-27-15 New Photos-2The police have released new photos of a man suspected of shooting another man in the back earlier this week, leaving him in critical condition.

It happened Monday, around 7 p.m.: a 22-year-old was walking in front of 203 Rivington Street when he was shot four times by a man wearing white sneakers and a black jacket, the police said.

The new surveillance photos show the suspect, wearing a hooded shirt and black mask, walking into the Gompers Houses at 90 Pitt Street, around the corner from where the assault took place.

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Silver Helped Knickerbocker Village Weather the Storms, Tenants Say

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

Sheldon Silver in 2013, announcing Sandy relief funds for Knickerbocker Village.

It’s safe to say the political tide has turned against Sheldon Silver, as Democrats in the State Assembly press him to resign. But tenants of Knickerbocker Village continue to shower him with praise for having helped them rebound from Superstorm Sandy. (It’s the kind of praise Andrew Cuomo is hurting for this morning, in the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t.) When the longtime Assembly speaker was arrested on corruption charges Thursday, some of those who watched him in action during the crisis at the Lower East Side complex were nothing short of blown away.
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That Time We Chilled With Sheldon Silver, Before the Federal Investigation Heated Up

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Sheldon Silver must be sweating bullets after being arrested this morning for allegedly securing millions in bribes and kickbacks — but we’ve seen the State Assembly Speaker survive the hot seat before. Namely, that time we bumped into him while he was shopping for an air conditioner.
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Fire Forces Building Evacuation on East 4th Street

Photo: Jaime Cone

Photo: Jaime Cone

A fire caused the evacuation of an East Village building shortly before 11 a.m. this morning. The fire at 133 East 4th Street, between First and Second Avenues, was contained to the basement, and no one was injured. FDNY Battalion Chief Philip Tufano said a gas line in the basement appeared to have been tampered with, but the fire marshal has yet to determine whether that was a contributing factor to the blaze.
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Hundreds Gathered in Union Square For Charlie Hebdo Victims

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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Hundreds gathered in Union Square last night to show solidarity for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris. A crowd of a few hundred people — many of them French speakers and many holding signs proclaiming “Je Suis Charlie” — silently huddled together in the biting cold and occasionally broke into chants of “Egalité!”, “Expression!”, “New York est Paris,” and “Nous sommes Charlie! We are Charlie!” A candlelit memorial displayed the controversial covers that may have caused at least two gunmen to storm the satirical magazine’s offices yesterday, killing 12 and wounding others.
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Man Shot During Robbery in Bushwick

A man was shot during an attempted robbery Monday afternoon in Bushwick, according to the police.

The 29-year-old victim was shot in the torso shortly before 5 p.m. at 1069 Halsey Street, on a residential block between Evergreen and Bushwick Avenues. The suspect, described as a black man in his 20s, wasn’t immediately apprehended, the police said.

The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital with injuries that weren’t thought to be life-threatening.